The start of a new year is the time for reflection and forecast – all the more significant this year, as we embark on a new decade.

New trends tend to grow or be influenced by the old. Sometimes it is a continuum and a gentle transfer of an idea. Other times, it’s a knee-jerk reaction – a complete contrast to what was before.

In the field of interiors, trends are important and are watched carefully. Changes to your home or workspaces are usually costly and time-consuming so need to be carefully considered and offer the longevity you require

New Trends for 2020 and beyond.

  • Environmental Influence

We are all aware that environmental concerns are very real. Choices for our interior spaces MUST become more environmentally conscious, encouraging a positive impact on the way we live and contribute to the planet. Fortunately, suppliers, manufacturers, designers and all other influencers are getting on-board too. Now, more than ever, there is a wide and cost-effective choice to invest in sustainable and recycled materials, water-saving and eco-friendly appliances and services, architectural design that is more accepting of and focused on efficient energy use.

  • The ’70s revisited

This trend has already started to some extent, but will truly come into its own over the next few years. It seems we are searching for balance in our fast-pace and hi-tech lives and our homes need to offer us this sanctuary. The look is simple and honest, maximizing amounts of natural light and making use of natural timbers and simple lines. Earthy tones for walls and upholstery; large indoor plants in wicker baskets or hanging in macramé. Either with intention or not, this looks seems to revive a classic 70’s charm.

  • More makes us Happy

For many years, the notion of “Less is More” has been closely followed, exercising disciplined limitation towards interior design and decoration.  It has been a successful and popular trend in its simplicity and control of space. The new trend, however, wants to allow more freedom and for personality to shine. Colours, pattern and texture can be mixed. Boldness and exuberance are welcomed. The rules have been relaxed and personality and vibrancy is key. Be warned, however – this freedom can be more difficult to get right. Don’t let the lack of rules get out of hand.

  • New Mixed Metals

There is a new interest in metals and metallic finishes. Rose gold has been popular, but trends are now towards other metals such as copper, brass and silver – brushed or polished – and in combination with each other for added vibrancy. Accessories in metal finishes are easily available from all home-type stores. Metallic finishes and pattern are also available in wallpaper and fabric, so again very easy to introduce into interior schemes.

  • Future Colour:

Colour always gets attention in trend forecasting. This year, Pantone declared Classic Blue as the colour of the year. Plascon issued Mulberry Leaf and Dulux, Tranquil Dawn. The common thread in all of these is a return to nature and the freedom to be quite bold in your choice of colour

These beautiful future colours cannot and will not stand alone, however. Our favourite friend ubiquitous BLACK is as powerful and as important in the new decade as it has ever been. It can vary from pure black into all forms of deep charcoal but replaces the somewhat overused mid and light tones of grey. Its strength is typically balanced by the use of warm timber and other natural materials, as well as metallic touches.

Choosing the right products that speak to your style can be overwhelming. While having many options to choose from can be exciting, it also confuses those who don’t necessarily understand how interior design works. Signature Finish was launched to help streamline the interior design process for property developers, builders, architects, interior designers, and homeowners. From choosing three on-trend styles to selecting the products to match, the whole process can be done in three easy steps online.